Hollow Blood (Review)

Hollow Blood (Review)

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Title: Hollow Blood (Sleepy Hollow Horrors #1)

Author:  Austin
Dragon
Publisher:  Well-Tailored Books
Published Date:  14th March 2015
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thank you to the author for the review copy*

Synopsis: Ichabod
Crane is dead! Everyone knows it. The Horseman took him—like so many others—one
dark night in 1790. All that remained of the town’s amiable schoolmaster was
his hat on the side of the road, with a shattered pumpkin beside it. But soon
the fearful townspeople of Sleepy Hollow realized that the terrifying Horseman,
that haunted their region for ages, had also disappeared, inexplicably, after
that night. They were free!

That was 10 years ago. And a lone stranger has come to
their quiet town.

He is friendly enough, well-mannered, educated, but there
is a secret about this man—he is not what he seems. Suspicions grow. The
whispers of gossip begin. All of Sleepy Hollow is soon turned upside-down when
they learn the truth.

It is only the beginning, as they find themselves in the
path of his black vengeance, his hunt for the foul murderer of Ichabod Crane. This
stranger threatens not only their lives by his presence, but their very souls
by bringing about the return of the hellish Headless Horseman!

For Sleepy Hollow, will death be upon them all?

Review: This
was a very decent read. I hoped it would be more horror related, but it wasn’t.
It still made for an interesting story.

Although presented as a horror, I truly didn’t feel like
it was creepy enough or delved deep enough into the subject to give me the
shivers at all. But we did have the rumors of the Headless Horseman, who would
murder people and had his ways of doing so. That was the most I got out of the
horror. It was also poised as a bit of a mystery. Julian Crane doesn’t believe
Ichabod was taken by this horror creature because it doesn’t exist, and insist
on a man having killed him. The only question he has to answer is who has done
it?

This also had a historical fiction feel to it, seeing as
it was set in 1800. The descriptions in the book were lovely, and I loved being
set in this time period. I am someone who always loves historical fiction, and
even though it wasn’t the focus the author did use it to make a great setting.
It had a good impact on the storyline as well. You do have to be a bit give and
take though. I had a hard time believing that a single rumor could ruin someone’s
reputation when there is no evidence to back the words yet, but in that time
period it is understandable.

The Headless Horseman
The main character, Julian Crane, was too confident and
hot headed for my liking. I felt like he went about some things the wrong way,
and I couldn’t really connect to him much. However, I really liked Hans Van
Ripper who was quiet and kept to his own business (I could imagine myself being
like him most) and Katarina who is a rich woman. She makes her husband the man
he is in the book, and is kind and graceful. She really does bring out the best
in him, and I can certainly admire a woman like that!

The middle of the book seemed to deviate from the main
plot a bit and I didn’t feel like a lot of the story was necessary. We could
have easily cut a lot of the scenes in the middle and still had a book that
made sense. It was a bit slow when we got off topic, but as soon as we were
back on the right track I was happy enough.

The ending of the book is okay. It was a good set up for
book two, but it didn’t necessarily blow me away or creep me out, which I think
was the intent.

In conclusion this was a pretty mixed review. There were
some things I did like, some things I didn’t. Buy overall it was a good enough
read.

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